A Guide To Alcohol And Drug Rehab Treatment In Taunton
In every corner of the country – and Taunton is no exception – Britons are struggling with addiction. Alcohol, illegal drugs and prescription medicines are all taking a terrible toll, and as austerity continues to bite and fears for the future intensify there is little to suggest that the burgeoning addiction epidemic will ease any time soon.
Such a gloomy national picture is made up of countless individual tragedies – and you may be worried that your story, or that of a loved one, is becoming one of them. However, that picture is not hopelessly gloomy: a new wave of high-quality addiction treatment facilities are now working to transform and save the lives of addicts right across the UK, and if you are prepared to reach out for help you too can benefit. Read on to discover how rehab can make the very biggest difference.
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What Is Rehab?
Widely considered to be the most effective approach to the treatment of addiction, in terms of providing the best platform for permanent recovery, residential rehabilitation (“rehab” – the term describes both the treatment process and the facility where it is provided) delivers a holistic combination of therapy, medicine, dietary and fitness regimes, peer-group support and more, all in one facility.
At rehab, patients engage in a programme of treatment (usually as an inpatient, although outpatient options are available) with a two-pronged attack on addiction: firstly, a period of detoxification (“detox”) cleanses the addict’s system of substances of abuse; secondly, various therapy models are utilised to uncover and address the root causes of addiction.
Rehab gives patients 24/7 access to highly qualified and experienced medical professionals, and an attractive, tranquil environment perfectly conducive to mental and physical healing. Vitally, rehabs are confidential institutions: patients can focus wholly on their recovery without worrying about their condition or details of their treatment becoming common knowledge in the outside world.
How can I get Someone into Rehab?
When it comes to battling addiction, time is of the essence: every day that goes by while someone is struggling with substance abuse is another day during which they are risk of overdose, or of suffering from an accident or a violent act driven by drink or drugs. Viewed from another perspective, the sooner an addict is prepared to admit to their condition and seek help, the sooner that help can be provided and the sooner they can set out on their journey to recovery.
The NHS offers various addiction treatment services, including rehab, and many are of a very high standard: however, demand is extremely high (in Taunton in particular) and waiting times can be disconcertingly long. If you desperately need help, you may not wish to waste any more time before exploring the private options which are available to you. To discuss next steps, call 0800 024 1455 now.
The Advantages of Private Rehab
As noted above, rehab provides a confidential, pleasant, secluded and safe environment in which patients can concentrate upon the recovery, away from the distractions and temptations of their daily lives and, crucially, in a location free of substances of abuse.
When entering rehab a patient will undergo a thorough assessment prior to commencing the detox phase (monitored and assisted by highly experienced medical personnel, who can make sure the detox and withdrawal process is as safe as possible and who can ameliorate the worst effects of withdrawal via medication where appropriate); when their system is cleansed of substances of abuse they will engage in therapy of various forms – in both one-to-one and group settings – which addresses the fundamental causes of their addiction and provides them with an array of defence mechanisms against relapse.
Private rehabs will also provide bespoke fitness and dietary plans – “healthy body, healthy mind” – and numerous other facilities (with specifics varying from one rehab to the next). Upon leaving rehab, the recovering addict will benefit from up to a year’s free aftercare: it is vital to recognise that recovery is not complete upon leaving the facility, but is an ongoing process requiring diligence and dedication.
What Does Rehab Cost Near Taunton?
The cost of private rehab in or near Taunton can vary significantly by treatment programme, and depending on which of a variety of optional extras are selected. As a rough guide, standard costs range from between £5,500 and £11,000 per month, though the cheapest rehab treatment can start from as little as £834 per week. For more details, call 0800 804 4755.
NHS Addiction Treatment Options Near Taunton
Private rehab may not be an option for everybody – possibly for reasons of cost, or perhaps because you do not feel it is feasible for you to spend a significant period away from your family and/or work commitments. Do not give up hope if this is the case: there are a number of NHS and charity resources in Taunton and across Somerset which can help you or a loved one tackle even the longest-standing addiction. Talk to your GP about which of these might be open to you and would be appropriate for your situation.
Advantages of NHS Treatment
The most obvious advantage of NHS treatment is that it is free at the point of use; on the other hand, private rehab comes at a cost that may put off some addicts (although when this cost is set against that of not seeking treatment – which of course may not be a merely financial one – addicts may feel that it is an extremely valuable investment).
Another benefit the NHS can offer is geographical proximity, as it operates across the country while many rehabs lie some distance from Taunton. The NHS also provides high-quality services, though it should be noted that quality does vary from one trust to another and, as mentioned above, waiting lists can be extremely prohibitive.
Addiction Support Groups
A number of organisations exist across the country to provide assistance to recovering addicts, and some of these operate a support group model. Support groups are groups of individuals who are themselves recovering addicts – some only recently free from addiction, while others may have been clean for many years – and who come together at regular meetings to give and take mutual support: sharing their stories of addiction, giving advice on how to resist relapse, showing solidarity and sympathy when group members are struggling, and providing the simple companionship which can mean so much in times of difficulty and loneliness. Support group attendees can come from all walks of life, brought together by their shared experience of addiction and recovery; typically, attendance at support groups is free and the only qualification for participation is a commitment to leading a life free of substance abuse.
The most famous support group organisation, and the one on which most others are modelled, is Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) which was founded in 1935 and runs on a 12-step programme of personal and spiritual development, with one of the steps being a recognition that a higher power – such as God – can assist with an alcoholic’s recovery. Narcotics Anonymous (NA), founded in 1953 and based directly upon the AA model, is the second-largest support group organisation worldwide and caters to recovering drug addicts specifically. In a similar vein, but supporting those recovering from addictions to specific substances, are Cocaine Anonymous (CA), Heroin Anonymous (HA), Marijuana Anonymous (MA) and Crystal Meth Anonymous (CMA), all of which operate 12-step programmes. There are also support groups such as Al-Anon and Nar-Anon assisting the families and friends of addicts which typically hold meetings alongside those for the addicts themselves.
Support groups typically meet weekly, though each local chapter is managed independently and meeting times and venues are subject to change. To find information on meetings in or near Taunton, see the relevant websites:
Types of Counselling
One type of treatment which is proving of particular interest to professionals with busy schedules is individual counselling. Private addiction counsellors work along similar lines to regular psychotherapists, offering a broad variety of different approaches to therapy and different therapy models. Counsellors can be found throughout the UK, including across Somerset, and are usually seen by private appointment on an ongoing basis (typically weekly) with a fee charged per appointment.
Some people engage in private counselling following attendance at rehab if they wish to retain some kind of professional treatment and contact during this next phase of recovery; on the other hand, private counsellors are also often useful for addicts who have not yet been through a treatment programme at rehab, but who wish to attempt to manage their addictions to a certain extent ahead of such a step.
How to Get to Banbury Lodge from Taunton
Banbury Lodge is situated in a delightful, peaceful rural setting in the historic Oxfordshire town of Banbury. Its state-of-the-art facilities and highly experienced medical and support staff create the ideal environment in which to address the key questions at the heart of recovery from addiction, and to embrace its fully comprehensive holistic rehabilitation programme. It is also one of the only rehabs in the UK offering treatment to people aged between 16 and 18 struggling with addictions.
To get to Banbury from Taunton, take the Toneway to the M5, and take the motorway heading north towards The Midlands. At junction 11A take the A417 towards Cirencester. Keep on that road to the A436, then follow that road to the B4068. Keep going until Fosse Way Road/A429, and thence onto the A44. Stay on that road to the A3400, and after Tadmarton take the B4035; from there, follow signs to the town centre.